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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
'Scrubby herb growing in tufts' (Burtt), 10–25 cm high, sparsely branched, aromatic; branches unwinged, but the leaf-bases slightly decurrent on to the stem, glabrous or nearly so.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblanceolate, 3–8 cm long, 0.2–1.1 cm wide, base attenuate and slightly decurrent, margins thickened and denticulate, apex acute to obtuse and mucronate, glabrous or nearly so, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules lilac, at branching points among the leaves or occasionally at ground level on the naked stem, sessile or nearly so, ovoid to cylindrical, 10–25 mm long, 9–12 mm in diameter; glomerule bracts hidden by the capitula except for the proximal, lanceolate, 4.5–9 mm long, to 2 mm wide, attenuate, puberulous and sparsely glandular; receptacle narrowly ovoid to almost cylindrical; capitula sessile, with 4 bracts, the laterals folded, 3–4.5 mm long, scarious, cuneate or erose, glabrous or nearly so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets:outer florets 3–4, tube narrowing and corky in the lower two-thirds, 1.9–2.4 mm long, sparsely glandular, toothed for less than 0.1 mm; style 2.5–3 mm, bifid; inner florets 2, with tube corky in lower half, somewhat narrowed at two-thirds of its length, 1.6–2 mm long,glabrous, lobes 0.4–0.6 mm long, sparsely glandular, anthers 1.1–1.2 mm long; style 2.6–3.1 mm long, papillose, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of outer florets ovoid and flattened/angled, 0.7–0.9 mm long, puberulous; of inner florets cylindrical, 0.8–1 mm long, glabrous, ?sterile.
Habitat
“Saline scanty herbage on sandy clay soils” (fide Burtt); ± 1260 m
Distribution
T4 T5 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Sphaeranthus mimetes Ross-Craig appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 18, 1953 Burtt, B.D. [3718], Tanzania K000274179 Unknown type material
Jun 18, 1953 Burtt, B.D. [3718], Tanzania K000274180 Unknown type material
Burtt, B.D. [3718], Tanzania K000274178 Unknown type material
Bidgood, S. [6127], Tanzania K000468298
Bidgood, S. [6006], Tanzania K000468419

First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 36: 72 (1955)

Accepted by

  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 72, t. 3519 (1955).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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